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9 September 2011

ESCIF has received an invitation to a very exciting, ground-breaking conference in US next month. The invitation was sent by Marilyn Smith who is one of the founders of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis.


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To our friends at the European Spinal Cord Injury Foundation,

I write to invite you to attend a very important conference that offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in finding a cure for paralysis and particularly spinal cord injury. On October 16 & 17, 2011, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis (U2FP) will host its 6th annual Working 2 Walk Science & Advocacy Symposium at the Hilton Washington DC in Rockville, Maryland.

At Working 2 Walk we bring together the leading research scientists, biotech representatives, practitioners, and community advocates for a dynamic exchange of knowledge, priorities, and strategies for accelerating progress toward curative therapies. Since its inception in 2006, the conference has fostered communication, collaboration, increased fundraising, and strategic initiatives amongst all the stakeholders.

We have also seen promising, measurable progress both in the quality of laboratory research and its translation to clinical practice. This year’s conference agenda features an impressive group of speakers who are leading the fields of spinal cord injury research and the advancement of regenerative medicine. Confirmed speakers to date include:

Stephen Davies, PhDAssociate Professor, Dept of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado Denver
W. Dalton Dietrich, III, PhDScientific Director, The Miami Project
R. Douglas Fields, MDChief, Nervous System & Plasticity Development Section, National Institutes of Health, NICHD
I. Richard Garr, JDCEO and Director, Neuralstem, Inc.
John McDonald, MD, PhDDirector, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Frank ReynoldsChairman of the Board and CEO, InVivo Therapeutics
Jonathan Slotkin, MDMedical Director, InVivo Therapeutics
Jerry Silver, PhDProfessor, Dept of Neurosciences, Case Western Reserve University
Marilyn SmithExecutive Director, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
Keith Tansey, MD, PhDDirector Spinal Cord Injury Research & Restorative Neurology Programs, Crawford Research Institute, The Shepherd Center
Susan Testa, MS, RD, LNTesta Nutrition, University of Maryland
Michael Werner, JDExecutive Director, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine
Ed Wirth, MD, PhDMedical Director, Regenerative Medicine at Geron Corporation
Wise Young, MD, PhDFounding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Our speakers will give formal presentations in a general session that includes a Q & A panel discussion. Most of them will also be available for small-group breakout sessions. Because Working 2 Walk attracts such an educated, highly motivated group of attendees representing the various interests pursuing a cure, the interaction is lively and thought-provoking.

Polio would not have found a cure if FDR didn't believe it was possible. It happened because he raised awareness, started the March of Dimes to support the research, and gathered the support of Congress. In today's world there is competition for those dimes and we have little support in Congress to make the changes necessary to support the advancement of promising therapies. We need more money going towards research and support for legislation to advance it.

With enough support, we believe SCI research will bring recovery in our lifetime. We're looking for partners to do what needs to be done to advance a cure. Time is costing us lives. Those of us living with spinal cord injuries, either as survivors or family members, are looking for partners to help us bring a sense of urgency to this effort.

We hope you will be able to find time in your busy schedule to join us in October. We would value ESCIF's participation as we gather to share information, ideas and strategies that will accelerate progress toward finding cures for paralysis.

For more information on the schedule, registration and venue, please visit the conference website at http://www.working2walk.org. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via return e-mail or phone to my direct line at 541-716-4214.

Best regards,


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